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Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health cooperate in a dual degree Master of Medical Science-PA/Master of Public Health Program to prepare physician assistants for leadership roles in public health. This program is intended for students with a baccalaureate degree who wish to enhance their medical training with further study in public health.

The MMSC-PA/MPH program is designed to be completed within nine semesters, seven of which are spent primarily in the School of Medicine. The first year is spent in the School of Public Health followed by the 28 month physician assistant program. Applicants must apply to and be accepted into both programs at the same time in order to be considered.  Progression from the MPH portion into the MMSc-PA degree program is contingent on satisfactory evaluation of academic standing and professional conduct in the Rollins School of Public Health.

Between 32 and 42 credit hours, depending on the degree concentration, are required to achieve the MPH degree. This includes core courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, public policy, management, environmental health, and behavioral sciences, plus additional hours of directed studies/thesis. A thesis project representing original analytic work concerning a public health problem is required for the MPH degree, except in the degree concentration of Health Policy and Management.

The Rollins School of Public Health

There are six departments in the Rollins School of Public Health: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, and Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Housed within these departments are several centers shown at Degree programs in global environmental health, global epidemiology, and epidemiology-environmental health are also available.

The research activities of the public health faculty are diverse and include studies of national and international scope. Faculty collaborate with researchers at the School of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Carter Center, the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, CARE International, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, as well as the schools of public health, school of medicine, and public health agencies from the U.S. and other countries around the world. 

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the MMSc-PA/MPH Program must apply to both the Physician Assistant Program of the School of Medicine and, in addition, to the Rollins School of Public Health.  Acceptance into the dual degree is contingent upon acceptance into both schools.  Some scholarship opportunities for the MPH year are available through the School of Public Health.

Career Opportunities for Physicians in Public Health

Physician assistants with training in public health may work in a wide range of positions in public, private, or academic settings. The MPH degree offers a significant advantage when seeking jobs which involve planning health systems, performing health services clinical research, determining the causes of disease, or planning and implementing disease control strategies. Physician assistants with the MPH degree work in health departments, managed care and other health provider organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, schools of public health and medicine, in the private practice arena, and in many other federal and international agencies.

Correspondence and Information

For further information, see the program website at or write to the Office of Admissions (Attn: MMSc-PA/MPH Program), Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, or call 404.727.3956. Email: